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 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015 

Study of harbor financials yields 11 percent rate increase recommendation

A public comment period is currently underway for two draft documents released as part of the Comprehensive Plan process-a land use map and a document outlining the financial state of the Borough's... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015 

PPD gets new officers and scheduling model

Staffing changes at the Petersburg Police Department (PPD) have led to a new scheduling model that will have police officers filling in on dispatch shifts as part of their weekly duties. Police Chief Kelly Swihart said that the idea for the new... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015 

Raven Trail revamp in progress until Oct.

The US Forest Service and Korpela Construction crews have broken ground on a new half-mile portion of the Raven's Roost Trail. Construction began July 17 on the section which will connect the new... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015 

Hospital pilot program to help streamline school enrollment

School enrollment will be a little bit easier for parents and staff this year as the Petersburg Medical Center (PMC) was selected to pilot a program that will transmit vaccine records, sports physicals and other pertinent medical information...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015 

Erickson earns Eagle Scout rank

Eighteen-year-old Skipper Erickson was the most recent in the Petersburg troop to join the rank of Eagle Scout. Erickson took the scouting oath for the rank in a ceremony on July 3, capping off six...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Show me the money:

The Borough Assembly is working to put a proposition on the Oct. 6 municipal ballot that exempts candidates running for local public offices from a state requirement to disclose income, business interests and other assets. An ordinance to put the... Full story

 By Mary Koppes and Dan Rud    News    July 23, 2015

Court fee increases take effect in August

Users of services in the Alaska Court System (ACS) will be seeing new fees for some services and fee increases for other services beginning August 1. The increases were approved by the Alaska Supreme Court in June. “The increased or additional... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Candidates sought for 20 vacancies

Residents wishing to serve or continue serving as local officials can file for candidacy for 20 vacant positions (see sidebar) on seven different boards and commissions starting Tuesday, July 28....

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Assembly voices concerns about winter ferry schedule

The Assembly agreed to send a letter to the Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) as part of the public comment period on the winter schedule that expresses concerns about the schedule’s ability to meet student travel and visitor’s needs....

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Wastewater infrastructure repairs more costly than anticipated

Additional needed repairs to the wastewater infrastructure have been discovered by crews working on the sewer project in conjunction with the Haugen-Nordic Drive road construction project that began earlier this summer. “As the work commenced it...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Weaver sentencing further delayed

Sentencing in the trial of former Petersburg resident Mark Weaver, 60, has been delayed again. Weaver pled guilty to a felony charge of Possession of Unregistered Destruction Devices in February following an explosion incident in the rock quarry...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Martin sentenced in residential burglary case

Brittany Martin, 22, of Juneau, pled guilty to two amended charges during a change of plea hearing before Superior Court Judge William Carey on Monday. Martin was indicted on a Class B felony charge for burglary in April after she was identified in...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 16, 2015

Devil's Thumb Shooters take aim at state competition

Part of the local team, the Devil's Thumb Shooters, four Petersburg youth traveled to Wasilla for a state shooting competition June 11-13. Over 90 youth from across the state attended the meet,... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 16, 2015

Two Petersburg start-ups on the 'Path to Prosperity'

Two Petersburg-based businesses have been chosen as semi-finalist in the annual Path to Prosperity (P2P) contest put on by a partnership between the Haa Aani Community Development Fund, Inc. and The... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 16, 2015

Parks and Rec attends to recent ball field vandalism

Parks and Recreation Director Donnie Hayes said there’s been a string of vandalism this month at the ball field and Hungry Point Trail, which begins near the fields. “At the ball field itself, someone took a large rock to one of our porcelain sin...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 16, 2015

Petersburg Medical Center CEO contract renewed

A new three-year contract was approved for Petersburg Medical Center (PMC) CEO Liz Woodyard. Woodward has been the CEO at the hospital since 2011, and this is her second contract. She hails...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 16, 2015

Rainforest Islander undergoes another round of repairs

Mechanical and electrical problems plagued the Rainforest Islander ferry on its way to Ketchikan from the boat yard in Bellingham, Wash. “We had mechanical and electrical problems at the start of the boat’s delivery trip from Anacortes,...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 9, 2015

EMS rate increase goes back to the drawing board

Rates for the Petersburg EMS ambulance service will soon be increased to help the service keep pace with rising costs, though a proposal considered by the Assembly at Monday’s regular meeting was... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 9, 2015

Paddling with a purpose:

Organizers are gearing up for the second annual Paddle Battle in the Narrows to be held next Saturday, July 18. The event is a fundraiser for the Petersburg Medical Center Foundation, and this year's... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 9, 2015

Summer sailings from South Mitkof terminal cancelled

The Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) has cancelled the scheduled summer sailings of the M/V LeConte that would have utilized the South Mitkof ferry terminal due to maintenance-related... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 9, 2015

Three-year IBEW contract ratified

Assembly members voted unanimously in favor of ratifying a new collective bargaining agreement for IBEW member employees in the Electric Department. It was ratified by member employees on May 29. The new contract agreement comes at a cost of...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    June 4, 2015

Vikings bring home five state titles

Two athletes in the Vikings six-member track and field team that traveled to Anchorage last weekend to compete in the State competition came home with individual state titles, and the men's and women'... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    June 4, 2015

Discovery Center showcases local ecosystems

A new exhibit at the Clausen Museum puts the natural world of Mitkof Island at visitors' fingertips. Dubbed the Discovery Center, a large wooden cabinet-designed and crafted by Ty Cummins-houses...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    June 4, 2015

Baseball seasons ends for Vikings at regionals

The Petersburg High School baseball team ended their season with two losses in the Region V double-elimination tournament held in Juneau last weekend. The Vikings faced off against number four seed...

 By Mary Koppes    News    June 4, 2015

Chautauqua group brings music, entertainment and service

The New Old Time Chautauqua (NOTC) group will be parading into Petersburg later this month. The 55 person group includes members from ages one to 74 who volunteer their talents as performers, musician...


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